CEOs en­joy whale of a time

Walk­ing on wa­ter for a good cause

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - RAINEE SHEPPERSON Rainee.Shepperson@dai­ly­mer­

PROM­I­NENT mem­bers of the Mackay com­mu­nity took part in an en­ter­tain­ing chal­lenge on Septem­ber 15 to raise money and aware­ness for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Cootharinga CEO Chal­lenge had the Mayor of Mackay Greg Wil­liamson, politi­cians and busi­ness own­ers ‘walk­ing on wa­ter’ in an at­tempt to be­come the CEO chal­lenge win­ner for North Queens­land.

Cootharinga North Queens­land is a dis­abil­ity ser­vice as­sist­ing peo­ple to ex­er­cise choice and con­trol in their life through plan­ning, in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice. Chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Mewett said the chal­lenge was about break­ing down bar­ri­ers for chil­dren and adults liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity in the com­mu­nity.

“Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Mt Isa are bat­tling it out for the crown this year,” Mr Mewett said.

“The pur­pose of the event is to raise funds to help peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity live the life they want.

“The idea is that the chal­lenge will be car­ried out ev­ery year.

“At (the) event, you can win by ei­ther com­ing first in the race or rais­ing the most funds.”

The first four heats saw Ja­son Sharom – CEO of Linked Group Ser­vices, Kevin Valen­tine – as­so­ci­a­tion de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer of Mackay and Dis­trict Rugby League Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion, Bill Lans­bury – trea­surer of Eimeo Surf Life­sav­ing Club and Marke Radke – CEO of Radke & Co Ac­coun­tants take out first place.

Win­ning the fi­nal race was Mr Radke, while Mr Sharom was the over­all fund-rais­ing win­ner. The chal­lenge in­volved con­tes­tants pad­dling across the Mackay Blue­wa­ter La­goon on in­flat­able whales, bal­anc­ing on pool noo­dles and walk­ing across wa­ter in blowup shoes. “Who doesn’t want to see the Mayor fall off a whale into the wa­ter?” Mr Mewett laughed.

Photo: Rainee Shepperson

MAKE A SPLASH: The par­tic­i­pants of the 2018 Cootharinga CEO Chal­lenge in Mackay, which raises funds for Cootharinga North Queens­land dis­abil­ity ser­vice.

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